5 killed in storm; air, road traffic badly hit

India weather forecast Power lines downed

A squall and sudden dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph accompanied by light rain hit Delhi this evening after a scorching day, a Met department official said.

Metro movement at the Noida-Dwaraka line was also stalled for 30 minutes due to bad weather. In its forecast, the department said rain and thunderstorm are very likely at a few places over western Uttar Pradesh and at many places over eastern parts of the state.

On Saturday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall.

Strong wind, accompanied by dust, followed by rain, lashed the city bringing a sudden change in the weather.

Uttar Pradesh bore the brunt of a thunderstorm and hail that left at least 18 people dead, while 12 people including four children were killed in West Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi, officials said.

The Agra district of Uttar Pradesh was one of the worst hit, according Gupta.

It had also forecast parts of Rajasthan might see the dust storm.

India weather forecast Pedestrians in dust storm
AFP GETTYIndia weather forecast Pedestrians cover themselves during a dust storm in Allahabad

Dark storm clouds gathered over the capital, battering the city with high winds.

A 56-year-old woman died in Pandav Nagar after a tree branch fell on her, while a 19-year-old was killed in South East Delhi's Jaitpur after being hit by cement sheets and bricks, according to the police.

Clear skies and low wind speeds before Sunday had led to temperatures in the 40-43 degrees Celsius range last week, said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the regional meteorological office in Delhi. The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend at IP Extension.

Sharma and Devi warned of similar weather conditions tomorrow.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.

Air traffic and Metro service too was disrupted due to strong winds and accompanying rain, officials said.

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